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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (8th September
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 5th Shock Army enters Stalino as 1st Panzer Army withdraws
Soviet 3rd Guards Army captures Krasnoarmyansk
Hitler flies to Army
Group South at Zaporozhe to discuss with Manstein and Kleist withdrawal
to the Panther Line behind the Dniepr River
Returning to the Wolfsschanze in East Prussia. There he learns of the Italian surrender and orders Operation Achse, the occupation of Italy.
In the English Channel...
In a disastrously failed mission, Kriegsmarine minesweepers M-3810, M-3811, and M-3816 are all sunk by mines.
In Vigo, Spain...
U-760 is interned after making an emergency docking, previously suffering severe damage when attacked by RAF aircraft
German Army Group E insists Italian troops must either agree to come under German command, or else surrender to German forces
German commander on
Crete issues ultimatum to Italian troops: Come under German command, be
disarmed and serve as labor troops, or be interned
Tito's Communist partisans capture and disarm Italian forces, acquiring large quantities of weapons and ammunition
Marshal Pietro Badoglio announces the armastice with the Allies
German forces execute Operation Achse, seizing key areas and disarming Italian forces.
Italian fleet, including five battleships, sails from Genoa, Taranto, and La Spezia to surrender to the Allies at Malta
US 82nd Airborne Division drop on Rome is cancelled as it is clear they would be quickly overwhelmed by German forces
The French Resistances executes multiple attacks on German and Italian forces
In Algiers, Algeria...
Eisenhower announces Italian armistice
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel No. 13 Hakutetsu Maru sunk by USN submarine Drum
A Japanese infantry battalion moves from Kolombangara Island to reinforce Arundel Island
In New Guinea...
24th and 26th Brigades of Australian 9th Infantry Division reach Busu River east of Lae
Japanese 41st and 51st Infantry Divisions begin withdrawing from Lae, leaving a defending rearguard
Aircraft begin transporting Australian units from Tsili Tsili to Nadzab
Today's Air Raids...
Belgium US 8th Air Force Fighter patrols
Lille, France by US 8th Air Force
Boulogne, France by US 8th Air Force and RAF Bomber Command - the RAF accidentally kill 500 civillians in the village of Le Portal
Northern France RAF Fighter patrols
Italy Military targets by USAAF
Pabillonis, Sardinia by US 12th Air Force
Nanomea Atoll Airfield by Japanese aircraft
Vila, Kolombangara Island by US AirSols
Lae, Salamaua and military targets by US 5th Air Force
Gokteik, Burma by USAAF
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
My new strategy of "focusing on the hum" is proving helpful! "The Hum" is a pleasant experience generated simply by being calm enough to be aware of it. Once through meditation you have experienced it for the first time, and how deliciously pleasant it is, it's easy to focus on. This hum is most often described as "OM" and is believed by many to be the vibration the Universe itself makes.
The elimination of superfluous thought is now my principal aim. When not requiring thought, the only thought I want to have is OM. As I continue to focus on it, it gets progressively easier to keep my attention there. I am also finding it useful to recite the mantra I desire suffering to end.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you clear in your own mind about what you really want?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Bright sunny start
Clouding over from mid-morning but remaining dry
Possibility of light showers around dusk
Dry and increasingly clear after dusk
An unusually cool light southerly will blow throughout
Max Temp = 13 degC
Min Temp = 8 degC
Sunrise at 06:27
Sunset at 19:41
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I got a new job installing mirrors - It was something I could always see myself doing : D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Mock The Week - Cheap Holidays For £2 a night
Anorexia has one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness.
Approximately one in 10 cases of anorexia nervosa ends in death.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Real happiness is found in the struggles we undergo to realize our goals, in our efforts to move forward.